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As one of the earliest sports in Olympics, archery first appeared in the Olympic Games in 1900 held at Bois de Vincennes, Paris, followed in 1904, 1908 and 1920. After its absence of 52 years, it was contested again in 1972 to the present.
The archery events at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were held over a seven-day period from August 6-12. Four events took place and all were staged at the famous home of carnival celebration -Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí.
All four events used recurve archery, under the World Archery-approved 70 meter distance and rules. A total of 128 athletes from 56 nations competed for each event (men’s individual, women’s individual, men’s team and women’s team) with South Korea and Chinese Taipei having the most delegates, each having 6 members.
After the grueling seven day competition, one nation emerged as the over-all champion. South Korea dominated all four events, winning a total of five medals with 4 gold and 1 bronze. United States followed with a total of two medals. Germany, France, and Russia were tied at 3rd place while Australia and Chinese Taipei landed in 6th place.
The South Korea Men’s Team was comprised of Ku Bon-chan, Lee Seung-yun, and Kim Woo-jin while the Women’s Team consisted of Chang Hye-jin, Choi Mi-sun, and Ki Bo-bae. Both teams won gold medals. Ku Bon-chan is the first South Korean to receive an Olympic gold medal in Men’s Individual category while Chang Hye-jin is the eight South Korean to win the Olympic gold in the Women’s Individual category. This winning streak of the South Korea’s archers is nothing new since they also won majority of the archery events during the London 2012 Olympics.
Until today, the most well-known archer in the Olympic history is Hubert Van Innis of Belgium. He competed in 1900 and 1920, where he won six gold and three silver medals.
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